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Come Honor the Service and Return of One of Our Own

Seaman First Class George A. Coke, U.S.S. Oklahoma, lost his life in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Memorial service
Saturday, June 24 at 1 p.m.
First United Methodist Church,
313 N Center Street
Arlington, TX 76011

Interment following at Parkdale Cemetery

Below is remarkable information concerning Seaman First Class George A. Coke, from page 8 of the current Arlington Historical Society newsletter where a couple of photos also appear (Read the newletter).

"Arlington boy returning home at last

Seaman First Class George Anderson Coke, Jr. lost his life aboard the USS Oklahoma [at] Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

George A. Coke, born in 1923, enlisted in the U.S. Navy his senior year in Arlington High School. He was serving on the USS Oklahoma, moored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese struck there. The Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Coke. No single vessel at Pearl Harbor, with the exception of the Arizona, suffered as many fatalities.

The remains of the unknown deceased crew were interred in mass graves, marked as in the stone to the right.

In April 2015, the Department of Defense directed the disinterment of the remaining unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. The exhumed remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, were taken for analysis.

DNA analysis and circumstantial evidence were used in the identification of George Coke’s remains. A nephew, now living in Georgia, received a call with information that his DNA matched with George Coke, his uncle.

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, George Coke will be coming back to his hometown to receive full Naval honors and burial under the headstone that has been waiting for him almost 76 years. On that day, a memorial service for him will be held at First United Methodist Church in Arlington, starting at 1 p.m. The public is invited. Coke’s remains will be interred in Arlington’s old Parkdale Cemetery, southeast corner of Mary and East 2nd Streets, where his father, George A. “Dutch” Coke, Sr. (1895-1937) and mother, Julina Jane Tomlin Coke (1895-1960), and other relatives are buried.

This Memorial Day week can be celebrated with special meaning, knowing that this Arlington boy will soon be home again."

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Fourth of July - Texas Style!

Fourth of July - Texas Style!

Monday, July 3, 5 to 9 p.m.— “Light Up Arlington” - in Downtown Arlington. Fireworks and entertainment. Bring your lawn chairs to Knapp Heritage Park for a good seat for the fireworks. There will be food vendors on Front Street.

Tuesday, July 4, starting at 9 a.m. — City of Arlington 4th of July Parade! Considered the oldest event of Arlington (with first one held in 1965) and one of the largest 4th of July parades in Texas.

Come by Knapp Heritage Park at 1 p.m. for the Parade Awards Ceremony. Refreshments available. Map

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More Arlington on Tap!

The free monthly lecture series Arlington on Tap has come to a pause but the Arlington Historical Society and Arlington Proud co-sponsored, Arlington on Tap, under the supervision of O.K. Carter and Mark Joeckel, with media sponsorship of Arlington Today Magazine will be continued in Fall 2017. Talks take place at a revolving series of downtown bars and bistros.

Arlington on Tap for 2017.
All events take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Regular Hours at the Fielder House
1616 W. Abram Street

The Historic Fielder House is available for tours
Tuesday through Saturday - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or by appointment)
Call for arranging group tours (schools etc.) - 817-460-4001



Regular Hours at Knapp Heritage Park
201 W. Front Street

Open Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 4 pm with docent tours

Last Sunday of each month - Resident Blacksmith/Artisan, James Ryan will be there


The Arlington Garden Club Programs

See what's happening at the Arlington Garden Club
Visit the Arlington Garden Club Facebook Page

The butterfly garden on the Fielder House grounds is maintained by the Arlington Organic Garden Club and Master Naturalist, A Texas Naturalist Project of Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension. Check the Fielder House Museum Facebook page for more information.

"Thanks, Arlington Garden Club, for your contribution to the upkeep and beautification of the grounds of the historic Fielder House!"